When we look at how are we showing up and we come forward and we're transparent with our team members, we say, Hey, I feel like I haven't been setting that clear of expectations here. I know there's been some miscommunications and I want to be more clear. Let's talk about what works for you all. Do you want to shadow me in this task?
Or do you want me to record a loom video where I talk about how to do it? Or maybe shadow another team member and see how they approached it. Do you want to run with it? And then I give you feedback after when we set the parameters around handoffs and delegation. Now we're inviting our team members in.
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But when we do them, it is transformational. The scorecard is that little nudge you need to make sure you are doing all the things you got to do to get your team firing on all cylinders. Grab it today at liagarvin.com/scorecard. Welcome back to the show. Today, I want to dispel a myth that is out there that when things on our teams aren't going efficiently, aren't running well, are feeling really like they could be going better, that it is our team's fault and we have the wrong people.
Now based on kind of my tone there, you can already guess that I'm going to debunk the fact that it's the team's fault and say that it's not really the team's fault. But before we get there, you know, I want to say this is liberating to realize that it's not just the team's fault or we don't have the wrong people because we can actually make very simple shifts that are going to re infuse energy, momentum, and engagement and all that good stuff back in your team.
But let's talk about, well, what is the problem when we believe it's our team's fault? First of all, as a manager or business owner, we start to kind of resent our team member. And we're looking at people like, ah, this person here with their complaint again, or that person showing up 10 minutes late to the meeting with that iced coffee.
And we start to look for reasons that prove what we already think, right? This is confirmation bias. And when we, when we have this belief that people aren't really putting in all their, you know, best foot forward or people aren't really showing up the best they can be, we, it can really cloud our judgment.
And this can make us feel really frustrated. It can make us resent our team members. It can make us, um, feel like we don't trust them. And then that's going to start to show up for our team members. So this can be really problematic because it can create a problem that was kind of not really there or just kind of sprinkling at the surface to become a really big issue.
Because when our team, when we don't trust our team members, they can tell, they know it. And then they're feeling uneasy because they know something's up and then they start maybe slacking or doing like looking for another job or not performing their best. And then it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
So, if we are believing, you know, this person's not really good at this job or this person's not showing up for it, and we just sit with that assumption and we let ourselves kind of snowball with it, that's going to cause a worse problem. The other thing that we can start to see is people aren't just understanding what's in my head, right?
They're not getting it. I told them and then why aren't they running with it? You know, when we start to think that people aren't understanding and then we snowball with that and then maybe we start to micromanage and we say, okay, if you don't understand, like let me get really deep in the weeds and start explaining it.
Then we are actually overextending ourselves as a manager, business owner. We are too involved. And we didn't actually take the time to set expectations or to do all the good stuff I've talked about with delegating and setting expectations and taking a step back. But we already have this belief that we're not challenging, that our team members, they just need more, more of the same explaining, more of the same thing we're doing instead of a different approach.
When we're finding ourselves in this space, well, what is the cost of the team? I've already mentioned that it can really chip away at trust. Our teams aren't feeling motivated because they can sense that we think that they're not that great. We're not really investing in that team member's development or growth because we've already made a judgment on thinking this person's not here to stay, this person can't cut it, this person's not going to be able to make it on this team.
We really create a situation that becomes really hard to get out from under. And so I want to encourage you instead of going there, instead of doing that, instead of saying, Oh, things aren't operating efficiently, work is late, or decisions are being reopened, or there's some communication issues, or I'm having to give hard feedback and all these things.
I don't want to be doing that as the manager. I don't want to be doing that as a business owner. So this means it's my team's fault. When we take that approach. We are creating a path where we have to find new team members because we're not going to give them a chance. But what if, instead of deciding that it was their fault and they're not cut out for this and we have the wrong people, and doing a little bit of blaming, blaming them and kind of pointing fingers.
We paused and we said, all right, what if I took a whole different approach and what if I took responsibility and said, okay, how can I show up different? And now I want to caveat, this does not mean blaming yourself saying I'm a bad manager. I make bad hires. I, everything happens to me. No, doesn't mean going in that direction either.
It means taking it as a moment to be empowered and saying, Ooh, I actually have a lot more control of the situation than I thought I did originally. This is exciting. I can actually work to bring out the best in these team members. I can actually show up the way that I wish someone showed up for me as a manager.
And then we frame our whole approach around that. And when we do that, now we can build trust with our team members. We can cultivate new skills and opportunities for them. We can sit down with a team member and say, Hey, I really want to learn about what are some of your career goals? What are some of the things that you're working on?
Let's make sure that we're setting you up for that. And now that person's motivated, that person's bringing new ideas to the team, that person's approaching their work in a whole different way. You see their motivation and engagement skyrocket. And this was a person that maybe previously you made a decision that they only have like two months left on this team and they're out.
Okay. So now you've reengaged them. When we look at how are we showing up and we come forward and we're, we're transparent with our team members, we say, Hey, I feel like I haven't been setting that clear of expectations here. I know there's been some miscommunications and I want to be more clear. Let's talk about.
What works for you all? Do you want to shadow me in this task? Or do you want me to record a loom video where I talk about how to do it? Or maybe shadow another team member and see how they approached it? Do you want to run with it? And then I give you feedback after. When we set the parameters around handoffs and delegation, now we're inviting our team members in.
And we might learn a whole lot about the way we're doing it. Like, you know, you've been asking me to shadow, but I actually need to try it on my own in order to figure out what I need to do. So could we do that way where I do it and you give me feedback. Now we've invited our team members in to explain what they need to be successful.
And then we're showing that we trust them by allowing them to do that again, instead of just writing them off, instead of deciding, Hey, this person I cut out for it, we demonstrate trust and now we can actually see. Team members, when they feel like we trust them, they do better work. They bring new ideas to the table.
We get that psychological safety where they feel comfortable like saying, Hey, I think we should try this another way, or, Hey, you know, this is something that would work better. And when people start sharing from that candid place, really feeling safe to speak up, that's when they do their best work.
Because they're not afraid of, Oh, this person already has made a decision about me and, and it's not worth doing. Okay. And that's where we see the best results on teams. We see it from an output and a productivity perspective, folks being proactive with ideas they bring to the table, solving problems in different ways, bringing other people along, right?
Collaborating more. They're not just sharing problems, but they're sharing solutions. And not only that, we see higher retention. We don't see people looking for jobs the minute something's challenging or an issue comes up because they're invested in the work because they see you're invested in them. So the more you take that personal responsibility as a manager, the more gains you're going to get, not just today, but on an ongoing basis.
You also become a manager that people want to work for. In a big company, you can get a bad rap as a manager that people keep leaving your team, or you can be a destination team. People say, Oh, I've heard about that manager. They invest in their people. When something goes wrong, they're there to really help figure it out.
In a business, you are better at recruiting. Maybe you have employees that are helping bring in new folks. They're really, you know, advocating for the company and how awesome it is to work there. That is the importance of not just writing off when things aren't going well. Like, ah, I have the wrong people.
I knew it. It's something with the hiring. You actually stop, you take the time to reinvest in your team, really make sure that there are development opportunities, that they're really focusing on strength, that you've made very, very clear expectations. You're delegating, you're demonstrating trust, all the stuff I've talked about on this show and giving them a chance to show you that, Hey, when you show up differently as a manager, that not only is empowering for the team, it's empowering for you because you don't feel stuck feeling like, Oh God, I got to hire like 12 new people in the next six months to deliver this product.
That's not going to happen. You don't have to start with changing the whole guard before you figure out what to do. So when you feel that way, before you look at, Oh, I got to get new people, look at how can I show up differently? How can I be that leader? How can I set the tone for the team? Really demonstrate trust, listen to my team members, and you're going to see the whole thing turn around.
See you next time. That's all I have for today. Thank you so much for tuning in to the Managing Made Simple podcast, where my goal is to demystify the job of people management so that together we can make the workplace somewhere everyone can thrive. I always love to hear from you, so please reach out at LiaGarvin.com or message me on LinkedIn. See you next time.